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Dave Rickels    Bellator    Lightweight
Rickels will face Adam Piccolotti in a catchweight bout at Bellator 189 on Dec. 1 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rickels is stepping in on short notice to face Piccolotti after Derek Anderson was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury. The 29-year-old fighter is in the midst of a three-match unbeaten streak and has only lost one of his last six fights -- which came against former Bellator champion Michael Chandler. His opponent, Piccolotti, owns an overall record of 9-1 in professional fights but is coming off his first career loss (a first-round submission to Goiti Yamauchi).
Adam Piccolotti    Bellator    Lightweight
Piccolotti will face Dave Rickels in a catchweight fight at Bellator 189 on Dec. 1 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Piccolotti was originally scheduled to face Derek Anderson before an undisclosed injury forced Anderson to withdraw. He'll now go against a fighter in Rickels who is in the midst of a three-fight winning streak and has won five of his last six bouts, with his one loss coming to former Bellator champion Michael Chandler. Piccolotti is looking to bounce back from his first career loss -- a first-round submission to Goiti Yamauchi.
Derek Anderson    Bellator    Lightweight
Anderson (undisclosed) will no longer face Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 189 in December, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson was originally set to take on Piccolotti in a catchweight bout next month, but was forced to withdraw after sustaining an undisclosed injury. It's still unclear how long Anderson will be sidelined with the issue. In the meantime, Dave Rickels -- a Bellator fighter since 2011 -- is set to fight in his place.
Luke Sanders    UFC    Bantamweight
Sanders will face Andre Soukhamthath at UFC Fresno on December 9, following Bryan Caraway's withdrawal due to a shoulder injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sanders will now look to get back on track against Soukhamthath instead of Caraway, after his defeat to Iuri Alcantara in March. The loss was the first of Sanders' career, and was also a tough one to swallow, as he was in complete control until going down via submission (kneebar) in Round 2 at UFC 209 in early March. On the other side of the arena, Soukhamthath is trying to earn his first UFC victory following a pair of defeats to Alejandro Perez and Albert Morales earlier this year.
Andre Soukhamthath    UFC    Bantamweight
Soukhamthath will take Bryan Caraway's place against Luke Sanders at UFC Fresno on December 9, as Caraway recovers from a shoulder injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Soukhamthath joined the promotion within the last year, and is still looking for his first win in the UFC after dropping fights to Albert Morales and Alejandro Perez in 2017. His most recent fight came against Perez, during which he was defeated via split decision in Mexico City in early August. His opponent for this fight comes in with a professional record of 11-1, but recently lost a shocker to Iuri Alcantara in March. Prior to that defeat, Sanders bested Maximo Blanco via submission (rear-naked choke) during his UFC debut in January of 2016.
Bryan Caraway    UFC    Bantamweight
Caraway (shoulder) was replaced by Andre Soukhamthath at UFC Fresno on December 9, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Caraway will remain sidelined with a shoulder injury that has bothered him since his fight against Aljamain Sterling in May of 2016, as Soukhamthath will now face off against Luke Sanders next month. This injury has now caused him to withdraw from two events, as he was also scheduled to take on Jimmie Rivera in mid-January, but stepped down because of his ailing shoulder. It remains to be seen as to when he will be fully ready to go, but it sounds like Caraway will spend the next couple months in recovery.
Joseph Morales    UFC    Flyweight
Morales will take on Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, on February 3, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Morales recently joined the UFC this past year, and defeated Roberto Sanchez in impressive fashion during his debut. That fight came in early August in Mexico City, and Morales used a rear-naked choke to best Sanchez via submission in Round 1 of the bout. On the other side, Figueiredo comes in with two straight wins following his move to the UFC, as he claimed a split decision victory over Jarred Brooks in a few weeks ago, and a defeat of Marco Beltran via TKO (strikes) in his debut in June.
Deiveson Figueiredo    UFC    Flyweight
Figueiredo will take on Joseph Morales at UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil on February 3, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Figueiredo will enter with a perfect 13-0 professional record, and two straight victories to begin his time with the UFC. He bested Marco Beltran in his debut in early June via TKO (strikes) and went on to defeat Jarred Brooks via split decision in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in late October. Now he will return to Brazil, in Belem, to face off against Morales, who is coming off a victory against Roberto Sanchez in his UFC debut. Morales earned a Round 1 submission (rear-naked choke) during that fight, and also has a spotless career record, at 9-0.
Yaozong Hu    UFC    Heavyweight
Hu will face Cyril Asker in a heavyweight fight at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hu turned professional in 2016 and has yet to lose. All three of his fights to date have ended in stoppage, two via TKO. The newcomer will make his UFC debut in front of a hometown crowd in his native China.
Cyril Asker    UFC    Heavyweight
Asker will now face Yaozong Hu in a heavyweight contest at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Asker was originally scheduled to take on James Mulheron for this fight. However, Mulheron was flagged with a potential anti-doping violation and was pulled from the bout. He has been replaced by newcomer and China native Yaozong Hu.
Yan Xiaonan    UFC    Strawweight
Xiaonan will face Kailin Curran in a strawweight contest at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Xiaonan joined professional MMA in 2009 only to take a five-year hiatus 2010. She returned to the sport in 2015 and has gone 5-0, 1NC since. At age 28, "Fury" maintains a 7-1, 1NC career record with five KO/TKOs, four of which were won in Round 1.
Kailin Curran    UFC    strawweight
Curran will face Yan Xiaonan in a strawweight fight at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Curran has really struggle in the UFC, having gone 1-5 since joining the promotion in 2014. The strawweight is 4-5 ovearlll and scores an average 2.00 takedowns a bout, but absorbs 4.38 significant strikes on average, which could come from the 53 percent strike defense she shows statistic-wise. She needs to get back on the winning track with this bout against Xiaonan.
Mark Hunt    UFC    Heavyweight
Hunt saw a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo brain center today regarding health concerns, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hunt was removed from his scheduled bout with Marcin Tybura last Saturday over medical concerns. Dana White recommended that Hunt see a specialist regarding the issues and the fighter has taken the next step by going to a clinic in Las Vegas. While testing has been ongoing, results are not yet known. An update on Hunt's health and future with the UFC should be coming soon.
Song Kenan    UFC    Welterweight
Kenan will face Bobby Nash in a welterweight fight at UFC Fight Night 122 on November 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Kenan will make his UFC debut without having fought in nearly a year. The China native broke a five-fight winning streak in Nov. last year when he dropped a unanimous decision to Elnur Agaev. He maintains an 11-3 record overall.
Bobby Nash    UFC    Welterweight
Nash will face Song Kenan in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 122 on November 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Nash is still looking for his first win with the UFC since debuting in January. "Nashty" thus far has shown significant takedown skills, maintaining a 100 percent takedown defense while landing 2.4 in his two matches with the promotion. However, it would appear that he hasn't been able to capitalize on these as he's suffered second-round KOs in both outings. He holds a 8-3 record (0-2 UFC).